Jess Colwill, December 14, 2016

Evil Geniuses and Alliance are now Free Agents After Being Released by Twitch

Twitch has formally handed over control of Evil Geniuses and Alliance to the players and managers of the teams, setting them free as independent agents once more.

Evil Geniuses and Alliance were acquired by Twitch in 2014 when the streaming giant, now a part of Amazon, acquired the eSports agency GoodGame.

“While they’ll still be streaming on Twitch and we’ll continue providing support services, both teams’ brands, player contracts, and futures are now in the hands of the players and player-selected management,” Twitch COO Kevin Lin explained.

“They will have complete independence and we will work with them as we would any other esports team.”

Alliance has undergone an internal reshuffle in response to the decision. Erik Barge is the new COO of Alliance, while co-founders Jonathan “Loda” Berg and Joakim “Akke” Akterhall are now co-owners.

“I’m very pleased to see Twitch share our vision and helping us by giving us the tools to expand and evolve as an organization,” said Berg.

“With this divestment, they have given majority control to us players from the old squad and a few others. With ongoing support and partnership with Twitch, we are well equipped for the future.”

Peter “ppd” Dager becomes the new CEO of Evil Geniuses, stepping into the role held by Alex Garfield.

“I'm happy to finally announce EG as its own independently operating esports brand,” said Dager. “Five years ago I could not imagine my life being where it is at today, but here I am. I want to thank everyone from Twitch and those here at EG for believing in me as the leader to continue to build this company.”

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.